Tips on How to Win Your Orlando Social Security Disability Case
Understanding how the Social Security Disability system works plays a vital role in getting your disability claim approved. Many Social Security Disability (SSDI) cases are denied upon the initial application. However, they are often approved on appeal. This typically happens when there was a mistake on your original application. Avoid making mistakes on your initial application can also help your benefits to be approved quicker. Here are some helpful tips to help improve your chances of winning your disability case.
Don’t Wait to Apply for Benefits
It would help if you didn’t wait to apply for benefits. The timing of filing your claim is essential. It can take a year or more to process applications. You don’t want to wait, especially since SSDI is not needs-based. There is no need to spend down money in the bank or liquidate assets. You just need to show you are disabled with a qualifying condition.
Hire an Orlando Social Security Disability Attorney
One of the first things you should do is hire an Orlando Social Security Disability Benefits lawyer. You need someone on your side who knows the SSDI process and all the reasons why claims get denied on the initial application. It’s so easy to make a mistake throughout the application process. A simple and seemingly harmless error could mean the difference between receiving an approval letter or a denial of benefits.
At the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A., we have years of experience helping clients with all their SSDI needs. We can help you right from the start. If you already filed your application and received a denial, it’s not too late. Let us help you build a winning appeal and get you the benefits you deserve.
Keep Detailed Records
Keeping meticulous records is a critical component of your disability application. You should have a file that you keep updating all the time. It should include information on:
- Every doctor appointment, including physicians, specialists, counselors, physical therapists, etc.) Don’t only record once in a while. You should have a record of all appointments.
- A detailed list of all your symptoms, including both physical and psychological. You should be thorough, don’t just list you have colon cancer.
- All receipts for medications, medical services, and related products to treat your condition.
- A complete list of all treatments and procedures you’ve undergone.
- A complete list of all medications your doctors have prescribed.
- Notes on how successful (or unsuccessful) treatments and medications have worked for you.
- Copies of your medical records and doctors’ notes.
- A doctor’s letter that explains your disability and what impact it has on your life, including your ability to work and whether you can perform daily activities.
If you have any witnesses, ask if they can sign statements or testify in a hearing (if necessary) to what impact your disability has on your life. Family members can be a significant source of support, and they are affected by your condition. Perhaps your spouse now has to get you dressed every day in addition to your kids.
Don’t Give Up
Some people receive their denial letter and decide to give up. Nothing is keeping you from filing an appeal and fighting for the benefits you deserve. We understand how frustrating the entire process can be, which is why it’s essential to try and get it right from the time of your initial application.
Contact an Orlando Social Security Disability Benefits Attorney
If you need assistance with a claim, let our skilled Orlando Social Security disability attorneys help. Contact the Law Offices of Shea A. Fugate, P.A. today to schedule an initial consultation.